Through the magic of radio this unique collection of shows captures American History like no other medium can. From dramatizations of events prior to the formation of the United States and our fight for freedom from England through manifest destiny and our push to the Pacific Ocean. From live radio broadcasts of a date which will live in infamy to the resignation of a defeated and humiliated President and so much more. These shows will offer hours of entertainment bringing our early history alive and remind of us what it was like to be glued to our radios before we were glued to 24 hour news channels and instant access internet connections.
From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Notes" Section below for more information on the OTRR.
1 - 1789 Election Song - Follow Washington
2 - 1790 Election Song - Free Elections
3 - 1800 Election Song - Jefferson & Liberty
4 - 1816 Election Song - Monroe Is the Man
5 - 1840 Election Song - Harrison Yankee Doodle
6 - 1840 Election Song - Rockabye, Baby ( Van Buren)
7 - 1840 Election Song - Tippecanoe & Tyler Too
8 - 1844 Election Song - Jimmy Polk of Tennessee
9 - 1848 Election Song - Rum-A-Dum-Dum ( Taylor)
10 - 1852 Election Song - Pierce & King
11 - 1856 Election Song - Buchanan & John Breckenridge
12 - 1868 Election Song - Grant, Grant, Grant
13 - 1868 Election Song - Just Before Election ( Anti-Johnson)
14 - 1876 Election Song - For Hayes & Wheeler Too
15 - 1880 Election Song - If Johnnies Get into Power Again ( Garfield)
16 - 1888 Election Song - He's All Right ( Harrison)
17 - 1896 Election Song - Marching with Mc Kinley
18 - 1912 Theodore Roosevelt - Address to the Boys Progressive League
23 - 1918 General J J Black Jack Pershing Address from France
It contains the most complete and accurate version of this series in the best sound possible at the time of creation. An updated version will be issued if more episodes or better sounding ones become available.
This is the Single Episodes Page. The Certified Set includes extras not found here. It is located at OTRR Certified Set. This Single Episodes page is provided in case you want to sample the shows.Note that in many cases, file names have been modified from the original OTRR names to conform to archive.org naming requirements.
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OTRR Maintained Set -- This set contains all known episodes in the best available audio condition with the most accurate dates and titles known to be in general circulation and based on current research at the time of release. Replaces OTRR Certified Accurate and OTRR Certified Complete.
OTRR Non-Maintained Set -- A collection of shows that has not gone through the OTRR Maintenance process.
Pre-2019 OTRR Definitions:
OTRR Certified Accurate -- A series that was "Certified Accurate" indicated that all the episodes were properly identified and labeled based on current information but that the series did not contain all known extant episodes.
OTRR Certified Complete -- A series that was "Certified Complete" achieved the highest level of certification available under the OTRR Certified Standards. This certification level implied that all the files in the series were "Certified Accurate" and also indicated that the series was as complete as possible and included all circulating episodes.
OTRR Non-Certified -- A collection of shows that has not gone through the OTRR Certification process.
Also, beginning in 2019, the version numbers of our OTRR releases changed format -- instead of v1.0 or v2.1, we are now using a version number that reflects the year and month the set was released. The format used is a two-digit year followed by a two-digit month. For example, "v1906" indicates a set that was released in June 2019, or "v1910" indicates a set released in October 2019.
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July 21, 2017 Subject:
I really like these programs
They're great for learning and these are entertaining as well. The acting that went into it is really something. What impressed upon me the most was the music in the shows: radio programs had orchestras for the music, and they were top-notch musicians. I don't believe even universities or pro orchestra players are as good as they were before.
Lots of good brushing up on history and many nuggets not previously known. Audio quality very good, there was one program where there was quite a bit of interference but it was still listenable.
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July 30, 2016 Subject:
Episode 2 mentions the 1937 census and Episode 8 refers to Mother's Day being "next Sunday, May 10th" which lines up with 1936. If the numbering on these tracks is accurate, these episodes begin in March 1936. Dunning lists this show as broadcasting on Wednesday nights before 1938, so the first track here is from March 25th 1936.
July 14, 2015 Subject:
A Fantastic Resource
Kudos to those who recorded and sorted these news and features from USA history. Students, teachers, researchers, and anyone interested should make note of these. Just amazing amount of work went into this collection. Thanks !!
August 25, 2009 Subject:
A good audio history
Some of the recordings are current but most I've listened too are actual sound recordings as they happened giving us a verbal history. I had no idea that Theodore Roosevelt had made wire recorded speeches, to hear Harding,Taft,and others from the early years of the 20th century is a way of keeping history alive for everyone during our 21st century.
October 22, 2008 Subject:
The History of Jim Jones
Canadian radio special report uses original audio recordings and connecting narrative. Exmines the Peoples Temple, the Jonestown massacre and the last few years of the life of Jim Jones. The production really pulled me into the story. Listening enjoyment might be dependent on the listener having at least some basic knowledge of Jones and the Temple. Check the Jim Jones Wiki for some background info if you didn't live through the news stories. Chilling